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WGLT's reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, which began in McLean County in March 2020.

McLean County Sees 5th Coronavirus Death

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A second resident of the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has died of COVID-19, one of at least 36 (28 residents and eight staffers) at the home who have contracted the virus.

A second resident of a Bloomington nursing home has died after contracting COVID-19, the McLean County Health Department said Saturday. It was the county’s fifth death.

The person was one of at least 36 (28 residents and eight staffers) who contracted COVID-19 at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. The virus has ravaged long-term care facilities across the country. Nearly half of Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll is tied to nursing homes.

The latest patient who died had been hospitalized and “had other health comorbidities,” the McLean County Health Department said. The agency released no other information about the person. One other resident of the nursing home (a woman in her 70s) was the county’s fourth COVID-19 death.

There are now 161 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McLean County. Of those, 45 people are isolating at home, and five are hospitalized. The rest have recovered.

There were no new cases reported Saturday in McLean County. The drive-thru testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington remains open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Statewide, there were 2,088 new cases reported Saturday, and 74 additional deaths.

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Ryan Denham is the content director for WGLT and WCBU.
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